Throwback Thursday features the rebroadcast of Jason Oler’s demonstration of digitzed Sweden Household Examination Books, 1880 – 1920 including¬†46,583,546 records. MyHeritage has produced an every-name index to the more than 5 million images provided by our Swedish partner ArkivDigital.

“Each book or series of books represents a 3-10 year period of time within a parish. Every year until 1894 the Parish Priest would visit each home and test each individual’s knowledge of the catechism. They would also collect information about birth dates, marriages, deaths, where people had moved to or from, etc. Each year the priest would come back and update the information of the previous year, noting changes within the population of the home. After 1894 the examinations were less focused on doctrinal knowledge and more focused on enumerating the Swedish population.”